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Ubisoft’s Assassin’s Creed Liberation Access Revocation Shows the Dark Side of Digital Games!
Concern for those who possess Liberation HD on Steam — the game will no longer be playable after the September 1, 2022, deadline. Ubisoft has removed the game from the marketplace and is no longer selling it, as was announced on the title’s Steam page just now.
In addition, even if you own the game digitally, you will no longer be able to play it after September 1, 2022. In doing so, Ubisoft has created a hazardous precedent, revealing the slippery slope that is digital ownership as a concept in and of itself.
Digital versus physical game ownership has been a hot-button issue in the gaming world for some time now, and situations like this aren’t helping.
With Assassin’s Creed Liberation HD on Steam, Ubisoft sets a dangerous precedent.
Especially on platforms like Steam, where there are regular promotions and discounts, digitally held games have been an attractive proposition. Due to the ease with which gamers may purchase and access games at a fraction of their original cost, they are more likely to do so than those who do not.
In the long run, however, this has always come with the disadvantage of placing the “owner” in an extremely vulnerable position. As a result, they have little control over what games they can play. As we see with Assassin’s Creed Liberation HD, users who have paid for the game will be unable to play it even though they technically “possess” it.
Ubisoft is making a precedent on Steam as Assassin’s Creed Liberation HD will not be accessible following September 1st, 2022. Even if you already bought it, a bar new low for consumers. pic.twitter.com/hRmmb2yM3w
— Nors3.eth (@Nors3) July 10, 2022
Users on Twitter have observed that the game was recently offered on Steam at a 75 percent discount during the Steam Sale, which could suggest many players have just purchased the game. There is a simple message on Steam that reads:
Note that after September 1st, 2022, access to “Please note this title will no longer be accessible,” is unclear if it indicates that access to this title has been permanently revoked. However, it appears that access will be permanently revoked at this time.
Physical Ownership of Games is the Way Forward
For a long time, I didn’t think much about digital ownership, but in the last few months, my opinion has completely changed. Assassin’s Creed Liberation HD’s removal from Steam isn’t a one-time occurrence, as gamers may recall that Xbox Live service was briefly unavailable last month, preventing gamers from accessing games they had purchased.
For several reasons, publishers have been known to remove games from digital distribution platforms. This leaves the proprietors of these games in a very vulnerable situation. Until recently, the only way to get around this was to buy a physical copy of the game.
Allows for many more options than digitally purchased games. It is much simpler to let friends borrow your games, and this was a major component of PlayStation’s marketing effort throughout the PS4 generation.
In addition, it appears that a significant section of the gaming community agrees that selling and acquiring real discs is considerably more useful in the long term. You can lend your digitally-owned games to pals, but the process is a little more involved than lending a disc to a friend.
Even if it may take a little longer to track down a physical copy of your favorite games, the long-term benefits far outweigh the short-term inconveniences. A game’s license protects you from losing access to it as long as a physical copy of the game is owned.
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